Photo courtesy of David Risner
Many workers know that a 6 foot working surface has potential fall hazards and fall protection is needed. But what about working at a depth/height of 3 foot? Even this
small distance may cause hazards if a safe means of access/egress is not present.
Pictured above is a subcontractor performing work in a trench only 3 foot deep, but a ladder is being used as a means of access/egress.
Information from Health & Safety International states:
1. When planning any activities which may involve working at height, the following
hierarchy of control measures should be considered:
2. Where work at height cannot be avoided, an existing safe place of work should be
used. Workplaces (and means of access or egress) should:
3. Where it isn’t reasonable to avoid work on or near a fragile surface:
To read more from this article, please visit Health And Safety International: Working at Height Hazards and Control Measures.
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